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Graham Peck
Making An Anti-Slavery Nation

Making an Anti-Slavery Nation

Daniel Weinberg speaks with Graham Peck about Making An Anti-Slavery Nation: Lincoln, Douglas and the Battle over Freedom. 

Peck meticulously traces the conflict over slavery in Illinois from the Northwest Ordinance in 1787 to Lincoln’s defeat of his arch-rival Stephen A. Douglas in the 1860 election. Presenting pathbreaking interpretations of Lincoln, Douglas, and the Civil War’s origins, Making an Antislavery Nation shows how battles over slavery paved the way for freedom’s triumph in America.

Making an Anti-Slavery Nation

Making an Anti-Slavery Nation: Lincoln, Douglas and the
Battle Over Freedom
by Graham Peck
$34.95
Air Date/Time November 11, 12 Noon (Central)
1st ed., 288p., cloth

This sweeping narrative presents an original and compelling explanation for the triumph of the antislavery movement in the United States prior to the Civil War.

Abraham Lincoln’s election as the first antislavery president was hardly preordained. From the country’s inception, Americans had struggled to define slavery’s relationship to freedom. Most Northerners supported abolition in the North but condoned slavery in the South, while most Southerners denounced abolition and asserted slavery’s compatibility with whites’ freedom. On this massive political fault line hinged the fate of the nation.

Graham A. Peck meticulously traces the conflict over slavery in Illinois from the Northwest Ordinance in 1787 to Lincoln’s defeat of his arch-rival...

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Sidney Blumenthal
Wrestling with His Angel

Wrestling With His Angel

Daniel Weinberg talked with Sidney Blumenthal about Wrestling with His Angel, the second installment of Blumenthal’s four volume Lincoln biography.  Order Your Signed Copy.

Wrestling With His Angel

Wrestling With His Angel: 1849-1856
By Sidney Blumenthal
$35.00
Air Date/Time June 8, 3:30pm (Central)
1st ed., 592p, cloth with dj

Volume II of Sidney Blumenthal’s acclaimed, landmark biography, The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, reveals the future president’s genius during the most decisive period of his political life when he seizes the moment, finds his voice, and helps create a new political party. (Volume I, A Self-Made Man, is available below.)

In 1849, Abraham Lincoln seems condemned to political isolation and defeat. His Whig Party is broken in the 1852 election, and disintegrates. His perennial rival, Stephen Douglas, forges an alliance with the Southern senators and Secretary of War Jefferson Davis. Violent struggle breaks out on the plains of Kansas, a prelude to the Civil War.

Lincoln rises to the occasion. Only he...

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